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Stemming the crisis in kidney care

Mandeville Regional Hospital gets help for kidney unit. 

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Just before rushing out of a handover function at the Mandeville Regional Hospital on Thursday, a grateful kidney-care patient Adolf Beckford took time out to say thanks. “We as patients in the hospital could not, and I am saying that with great certainty, by ou ... Read More

The late Basil Bennett (right) guiding Mayor of Black River Derrick Sangster through the swearing-in process in Black River, St Elizabeth, late last year. (Photo: Karl Levy) St Elizabeth mourns death of leading citizen Basil Bennett
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Well-known public servant and social activist, retired educator and ... Read More

Preparing the foundation for the home of the Regional Pathology Lab. Lions Club of Mandeville Pathology Lab project launched
The Lions Club of Mandeville has launched what it calls its “most ambitious” project, th ... Read More

A taxpayer receives a token from a compliance officer Mobile unit boosts property tax collection in Clarendon
The Ministry of Local Government’s mobile property tax collection unit hit the road successful ... Read More

Mandeville Peace Lyme

Monday, February 13, 2017    

Manchester Senior Parish Judge Desiree Alleyne (left) with Assistant Clerk of Courts Claudine Crooks (centre) and Raymond McFarlane at the forum

Mandeville, Manchester — Stakeholders of the recently launched Manchester Peace Coalition came out to the Mandeville Hotel on Friday, February 3, for an evening of reflection. The peace ‘lyme’ and social intervention forum provided an opportunity for interaction among those dedicated to moving the organisation forward. The formation of the Manchester Peace Coalition is an extension of the designation of Mandeville as a Peace Town in 2013 and Brooks Park Sports and Recreatio ... Read More

Earthquake drill for Clarendon schools

Monday, February 13, 2017    

Parish disaster coordinator for Clarendon, Eleanor Coombs, demonstrates earthquake safety drills with the help of students.

May Pen, Clarendon — Students and staff of several Clarendon schools participated in an earthquake awareness presentation put on by bauxite/alumina company Jamalco for Earthquake Awareness Month in January, according to a news release circulated here. The event was organised in collaboration with the Clarendon Municipal Corporation and the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the news release said. The series of presentations saw participation from Mitchell Town Primary, York Town Primary, Foga Road Hi ... Read More

Intown eyes bigger and better

Monday, February 13, 2017    

Shoppers have kept employees busy since the opening of Intown Super Centre late last year.

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — Twenty years after starting his Intown chain by opening the very first supermarket in Junction, south St Elizabeth, Oral Lloyd is still dreaming of going bigger and better. Last November Lloyd launched his fourth store in Santa Cruz at a cost of $500 million to follow others in Junction, Black River and Mandeville. But Lloyd insists he is far from done. “This is my fourth store and I am still counting. I am looking to other areas,” he told Jamaic ... Read More

Ever popular!

Monday, February 13, 2017    

The High Mountain 5K walk attracted many participants (Photo: Gregory Bennett)

WILLIAMSFIELD, Manchester — For Manchester native Damian Reid the 34-year-old annual High Mountain Coffee Road race festival represents a happy memory going all the way back to childhood. At Williamsfield on January 29, Reid, who was experiencing the popular event for the first time in seven years, was delighted to find it is still a source of joy for young and old. Reid has never participated in what is one of the major attractions on Manchester’s events calendar, but now, with or ... Read More

Relief soon!

Monday, February 13, 2017    

Santa Cruz anxiously awaits completion of major road rehabilitation so that life can return to normal. (Photo: Ainsley Clarke)

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — Pedestrians, motorists and everyone else in this south-central town have had a miserable time in recent months because of extensive roadworks, but the authorities say relief is coming soon. “We are expecting that by mid-March the work will be completed and Santa Cruz will be a much more comfortable place,” Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth North Eastern, Evon Redman told the Jamaica Observer Central on Friday. Redman said efforts by the Natio ... Read More

PHOTO: Get set!

Monday, February 13, 2017    

High Mountain 10K competitors get ready for the start. (Photo: Gregory Bennett)
Photo: Gregory Bennett

High Mountain 10K competitors get ready for the start. (Photo: Gregory Bennett) Read More

Dancehall heavyweights head to Porus

Friday, February 10, 2017    

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Porus in Manchester is expected to be abuzz with excitement later today with the staging of Legends in Action, a showcase featuring a strong line-up of reggae and dancehall acts. Set for the Porus Primary School, the event sees dancehall kingpins Beenie Man and Bounty Killer as headliners. Also on the bill is Coco Tea, known as the fisherman from Clarendon. These three heavyweights are expected to bring a solid entertainment package to the cooler climes of central Jamaica. Dreadlocked roots ... Read More

The end of an era in Bethany

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter | Monday, January 30, 2017    

Jamaica Labour Party councillor/caretaker for the Mile Gully Division, Rodcliffe Powell, engrossed in a display of pictorial and written reflections at the Bethany Moravian Church where the thanksgiving service for the celebration of Clarke’s life was held (Photos: Gregory Bennett)

BETHANY, Manchester — It could have been fate. When Ivy Josephine Clarke relocated to Bethany in 1949 her family home held a central spot in the community. Today, for those who knew her, it is hardly possible to speak of the rural community on the border of north-eastern and north-western Manchester without making reference to her contribution. She is said to have woven herself into the fabric of community life over many years and impacted individuals and organisations alike. A seamst ... Read More

Clarendon parish councillors debate water woes

Monday, January 30, 2017    

A Clarendon resident at a tank fetching water for domestic purposes

MAY PEN, Clarendon — Parish councill hors in this south-central parish are pondering the longstanding problem of inadequate potable water. A news release said councillors attending a meeting of the Infrastructure and Traffic management committee of the Clarendon Parish Council supported a proposal for a water summit of stakeholders including the National Water Commission (NWC), the Water Resources Authority, Rural Water Supply Limited and the Clarendon Municipal Corporation to explore opt ... Read More

McKenzie wants councillors to be more informed

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, January 30, 2017    

Councillors on day one of the Local Government Sensitisation Session. (Photos: Gregory Bennett)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie said that while it may not be possible for elected representatives to know all the workings of local governance it is important that they know the critical aspects of their roles. Speaking at a sensitisation session for elected representatives at the Gold View Hotel in Mandeville earlier this month he cited an example of a five-term councillor who admitted to being deficient in performing his ... Read More



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